Gina Chersevani's Union Market Soda Shop and Bar Will Be Called Buffalo and Bergen

Get ready to “adult up” your egg cream.

By: Anna Spiegel

Chefs and bartenders often pay homage to their family on menus (and on tattoos), but mixtress Gina Chersevani is going one step further with Buffalo and Bergen, a soda shop-cum-bar joining the slew of just-released vendors at the soon-to-open Union Market.

Gina Chersevani will bring the bubbles and booze to Union Market this summer. Photograph by Alejandro Salinas.
The catchy name refers to the cross-section of Buffalo Avenue and Bergen Street in Brooklyn where Chersevani’s mom--nicknamed “Nonnie”--grew up. As Chersevani tells it, no matter what kind of drink she’d make her, it was never as good as an egg cream from Norma’s, an old-school Brooklyn soda fountain. Maybe not quite the same, but Chersevani will replicate “Nonnie’s egg cream” and other classics such as fountain sodas and malts at her 15-seat market spot (more communal market seats will be available). Modern twists include house-made seasonal sodas in flavors like honey-citrus--another familial homage, this time to her orange soda-loving father--and the biggest of all: the ability to “adult up” your beverage with booze.

Chersevani is also collaborating with Jamie Leeds on her Hank’s on the Hill project.

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